WEEKLY JOURNAL #7
Thursday, February 25, 2016 (HOME) 3:00pm-6:30pm
- I missed class today because senior year is getting the best of me and my health is paying for all the late nights of studying and early morning classes. In preparation for the test I decided to take each day and read a different story so that I can refresh myself on what took place in each. Im not sure what the format will be so I will not focus on one specific thing such as vocabulary, names, or events. Instead I will try to tie them all together all in one so I there will not be any weak spots. Today I decided to read the Iliad. I started with this drama because all of the other play lead back to the events that took place in the Iliad. I still find it hard to separate the book from the movie. I read through each assigned book and jotted down notes about specific events that we discussd in class and tried to tie them to each them that we also discussed. I type everything that is written on the board and I also type everything we say in class even when we go off topic. It good to know that they are now helping me prepare for the midterm.
Friday, February 26,2016 (School of Dentistry) 12:00–4:00pm
- Today was my day to focus on The Odyssey. I noted every encounter he had on his journey back home and those that were involved. I also focused on what was taking place at his home while he was away. This was an easy, quick read compared to the first time. This probably wasn’t the best time to study though. I’m currently at work and Im reading in between students coming to register. It’s going to be a long weeked and I’m still sick so I need to fit in studying whenever and whereever I can so that I can at least get a little bit of rest before I have to start cramming for this exam on top of the rest of my school work. This study session could have been finished in less that four hours but my time was borrowed. I’m trying my hardest to get out of the habit of waiting to the last minute and cramming. Although I still end up doing good, it ends up being a brain overload at time. I just wished my schedule permitted more studying.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 5:00–7:00pm
- Finally, my favorite study night. tonight I read Iphigenia at Aulis. This is one of my favorite stories mainly because of the plot twists that take place and the climax. I had no problem applying the themes we discussed in class because there were so may struggles and tension within this drama. I still find it hard to believe and understand that Agamemnon was willing to sacrifice his own daughter for a battles that technically wasn’t his own. They took an oath to Helen’s father to stand up and help MEnelaus if something was to happen but this shows how far loyalty and honor goes in the lives of soldiers. There were too many characters in this play so its not hard to remember who part was whose. It was very distinct based on the emotions that were running heavy at the time.
Monday, February 29, 2016 (ILAB) 8:00pm-12:00pm
- We finally received a format for the test. I started my studies by reading Rhesus. Oh how that was not enjoyable. Knowing the format, I focused on specific quotes you may have highlighted in class and made sure I was able to identify who was the person speaking, what they were speaking about and who they may have been speaking to. I didn’t spend as much time rereading tonight. Instead I scanned the texts so that I would have the chance to go through the other dramas and identify specific quotes we may have discussed in class and other one I felt may have been strong instances in the plays. I feel confident about the test although I won’t be able to know what I’m getting myself into until the test is right in from of me. A part of me was hoping that it would be similar to the format of our weekly quizzes. I would for such pass that with no questions asked.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (HOME) 7:00pm- 8:30
- Today I realized I missed the posting for the third writing prompt online. It’s becoming difficult to keep up with the course work and them remember I have online work to complete at the same time. Due to my work schedule, I’m never able to participate in the online chatrooms which makes me feel disconnected to that part of our course. I spent so much time preparing for the midterm on Tuesday today was my first night reading The Trojan Women. I am excited that we are finally getting to read this particular drama. In each of our other drama, we have heard a lot from the men in both the Trojan and the Greek army but never had the chance to focus on the women. Even in Iphigenia at Aulis, most of the play focused on the feelings of Agamemnon and the choice he had to make to sacrifice his daughter. The men of Troy suffered in battle but the women suffered far worst after losing their husbands, children, and being forced into slavery. I read this story in one night but I know for sure that as I read it for a second and third time I will find a few things that could have been missed. I took my time reading it to try not to miss important point in each persons speech. The format of the exam reminded me to pay more attention to detail so that I know who is speakign even when there is not a name present.